I was sorry to see my pal Keith Newnham head home to Australia, but he'll be back! The first weekend started with a trip to "Three-Fingered Jack" for Angela's intro to mountain flying. The conditions couldn't have been better, because the turbulence was right where it should have been, indicating that she needed to do a steep turn away from the turbulent downwind area and get out of it.
Angela Keeling is doing great with our little "rust removal" program, and she graciously took a few days off from flying to make room for pilot Sam Doolittle, who came from Petaluma, California for his Tailwheel Endorsement.
BFR for David Prince. Tailwheel Town's pal, the guy who should be a CFI and good stick, David Prince came over for a BFR. We had a good time!
I started flying with Jacob Bliss and we've had a ball working on that pilot's Tailwheel Endorsement.
...Hats off to Sam Monte and Walt Lasecki for their fine efforts. Sam is the new Tailwheel instructor at Sisters in the 120 Cessna on which I worked with Wade Holmes, its previous owner, for his private license.
N2184V is gone. The Cessna 140 that I used for so long is being replaced by the other Cessna 140 which I flew back to Tailwheel Town from Denver. It and the now-flying PA12 Super Cruiser will handle all the flight training. I'll keep everyone posted when the new 140 is finished.
Remember my pal, Tara? She is one of the more talented flyers I've known and is now working in Sales at Precise Flight in Bend.
I think it was my senior year in High School. My friends and I had become consumed with rock climbing. I would often spend weekends either at Yosemite or more often at Tahquitz. I'd come home on Sunday evening filled with climbing stories and my mother was often all ears. I wish that I'd only had the maturity to share our stories by listening more to hers.
The first part of last week showed my return in the PA12 from a fun flight over to Idaho and the fun fly-in at Marty and David Kimberling's little field and venison barbecue as featured in the last newsletter.
Hatz biplane builder Steve Lone came out for a little "tweak-up" on tailwheel flying. We had a good time shaking the rust off this very experienced pilot who just needed to get current.